Monday, 02 April 2012 15:41
Roger Taylor and Brian May have commented on the cancellation of this year's Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth.
The iconic pair were due to headline one day of the festival with American Idol's Adam Lambert replacing the irreplaceable Freddie Mercury.
In a statement Taylor and May revealed that they were looking into the possibilities of putting on their own show in its place.
They said: "We are disappointed to hear of the cancellation of the Sonisphere Festivals as we were very much looking forward to performing with Adam Lambert and particularly as the venue was Knebworth, our last stand with Freddie.
We apologise for the disappointment to all those who were looking forward to seeing us. We are working to see if we can redress the situation at some other venue."
The possibility of a co-headline with the Michelle McManus-fronted Nirvana has not yet been ruled out ;)
Monday, 02 April 2012 15:35
Oz Fox, six stringed Soldier Under Command responsible for the riffs that make you roll in the Stryper back catalogue, has launched a guitar lesson website.
Would you like to know more?
Oz Fox (Stryper) proudly announces the launch of his new guitar lessons website www.sirozacademy.com
Many online guitar resources are great for beginners, but lacking for other guitarists, not SirOzAcademy.com. SirOzAcademy.com is online guitar school that teaches electric guitar techniques using videos lessons taught by Oz Fox (Stryper).
Oz Fox will teach you proper theory, modes, licks, scales and pattern techniques that he's used and taught for years. At SirOzAcademy.com, you will gain proper skill and techniques that will assist you achieving a whole new level of playing ability. Subscribe online at SirOzAcademy.com and pay monthly or annually. Subscriptions start at just $10.99 a month.
Guitar instructional videos are added regularly including lessons and tutorials on how to tune the guitar, guitar scales, picking techniques, guitar chords, gear talk and so much more. There are even special guest videos in the library that include techniques from other players such as Howie Simon (Alcatrazz) and Paul Jackson (Bloodgood). With over 50 videos in the library, there is something for everybody, regardless of your skill level.
Didn't quite catch the website address the 58 times it was mentioned above? Here it is again:
All information at: www.sirozacademy.com
We are waiting on the edge of our seats - sideways, of course - for the announcement of the Robert Sweet drum tutorial website.
Monday, 02 April 2012 15:31
Goomba Music has announced the signing of American Hi-Fi to their rockin' roster.
The original line-up - Stacy Jones (singer/guitarist), Drew Parsons (bass), Jamie Arentzen (guitars) and Brian Nolan (drums) is currently recording their as-yet-untitled new album in Los Angeles, CA with an expected worldwide release date this fall. It's being produced by the band and John Fields (Switchfoot, Jimmy Eat World) and recorded at Stacy Jones' studio, The Deathstar.
"It feels great to make music with these guys," exclaims Stacy Jones. "11 years in, American Hi-Fi is a brotherhood. We made this record because we feel like the world needs a few more guitar bands. We are just doing our small part to keep Rock-N-Roll alive!"
For the past six years, members of American Hi-Fi have been working with Miley Cyrus. Singer Stacy Jones has been her music director and drummer, Jamie Arentzen has been her guitarist and Drew Parsons has played bass at a few concerts. Stacy and Jamie have been featured in everything Miley Cyrus since the beginning of her "Hannah Montana" days, including the 2009 movie and 'Best Of Both Worlds' concert film/DVD.
Over the course of their 10-year career, American Hi-Fi has sold over 1 million albums thanks to hit singles such as the Top 10 smash 'Flavor Of The Weak', 'Another Perfect Day' (which was used as Coca-Cola's theme for the 2002 Winter Olympics) and 'The Art Of Losing', and they've toured the world with artists such as Elvis Costello, Matchbox Twenty, Bon Jovi, Sum 41 and Fall Out Boy.
Before teaming up as American Hi-Fi, the band members performed as part of various influential bands from the '90s Alternative Rock scene, including Veruca Salt and Letters to Cleo, and with Tanya Donelly, Tracy Bonham, Aimee Mann, and Juliana Hatfield individually.
Their songs have been heard on TV shows and commercials such as Coors, Labatt Blue, Verizon, "Boston Public," "24" and "Dawson's Creek," video games including "Guitar Hero 3," and in movies including "American Pie 2," "Freaky Friday," "Van Wilder" and "Superman Returns." Stacy has produced albums at The Deathstar for such artists as The Downtown Fiction, Ingrid Michaelson, Meg & Dia, The Cab, Plain White T's, Hey Monday and Academy Is... and many others.
Monday, 02 April 2012 15:28
Public Image Ltd have added a London date to their Summer UK tour.
John Lydon and band will now play the HMV Forum in Kentish Town on August 11.
The full list of dates now reads:
O2 Academy Bournemouth (July 31)
Reading Sub 89 (August 1)
Wolverhampton Wulfurn Hall (3)
Blackpool Empress Ballroom (4)
O2 Academy Newcastle (6)
London HMV Forum (11)
Hatfield University Forum (12)
O2 Academy Bristol (13)
Brighton Concorde 2 (15, 16)
Monday, 02 April 2012 15:22
The first single from Patti Smith's new album, a song entitled 'April Fool' which features an appearance from Tom Verlaine of Television, is available on iTunes from today.
Smith had announced details of the new studio album, her eleventh. Her first collection of original material since 2004's 'Trampin' will be called 'Banga' and be released through Columbia Records on June 5th.
Smith recorded Banga at Electric Lady Studios in New York City.
In a statement, the singer-songwriter says the new album was inspired by her dreams as well as her observations of an increasingly complex and chaotic world:
"There is an exploratory spirit in the songs that make up Banga, including a melodic overture imagining the voyage of Amerigo Vespucci to the New World in 1497 ('Amerigo'), a rock song for the people of Japan in the wake of last years earthquake ('Fuji-san'), a classic ballad in memory of Amy Winehouse ('This Is The Girl'), an improvised meditation on art and nature ('Constantine's Dream') as well as a birthday song written for her friend Johnny Depp ('Nine')."
The album was recorded with Smith's regular collaborators, Tony Shanahan, Jay Dee Daugherty and Lenny Kaye; featured guests include Tom Verlaine, Jack Petruzzelli and Smith's own children, Jackson and Jesse Paris.
Sunday, 01 April 2012 19:37
UK-based multi-national power metallers DRAGONFORCE have announced dates in the UK and Ireland for late September and early October, as part of the world tour to promote their forthcoming fifth album, 'The Power Within'.
The dates are as follows:
September 25 - Dublin, Academy
September 27 - Belfast, Mandela Hall
September 28 - Glasgow, ABC
September 29 - Newcastle, Academy
September 30 - Wolverhampton, Wulfren Hall
October 1 - Bristol, Academy
October 3 - Nottingham, Rock City
October 4 - Norwich, UEA
October 5 - Manchester, Academy
October 6 - London, Shepherd's Bush Empire
October 7 - Portsmouth, Pyramids
Support on all shows will be from Alestorm, The Defiled and Cavorts. Tickets are available from www.kililive.com
'The Power Within' is released on April 15, via EGR, and will be supported by a series of instore appearances at HMV stores in London, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol. For further information, visit www.dragonforce.com
Sunday, 01 April 2012 19:22
Northern Ireland hard rockin' quartet TRUCKER DIABLO have revealed the working title for their forthcoming second album.
The opus - the follow-up to the highly acclaimed 'The Devil Rhythm', originally self-released in August 2010 and re-issued earlier this year by the US Ripple Music label - is provisionally called 'Songs Of Iron'.
The band revealed on their Facebook page: "we have roughly about 16 tunes we are gonna put through the mill and see what fits....."
No release date has been set for the album.
Trucker Diablo return to live action when they support Furyon at the Diamond Rock Club in Ballymena on Saturday April 14.
To keep up with developments with 'the big truck', visit www.facebook.com/truckerdiablo
Monday, 06 February 2012 15:30
ANTERIOR have announced supports for their final farewell show in London on March 2, 2012.
The Welsh outfit will be joined by ROMEO MUST DIE and CHAPTERS.
ANTERIOR released two albums on Metal Blade - 'This Age Of Silence' in 2007 and last year¹s 'Echoes Of The Fallen¹ - since signing to the label six years ago.
ANTERIOR + Romeo Must Die + Chapters
2nd LONDON - Underworld
This is the one and only show ANTERIOR will play before splitting up.
Saturday, 04 February 2012 21:14
Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon are set to appear in a movie based on the West Memphis 3.
'Devil's Knot' will be directed by Atom Egoyan ('The Sweet Hereafter') and is based on a script by Scott Derrikson and Paul Boardman. 'Devil's Knot' has been in the works for about five years; Derrikson and Boardman originally set it up with Dimension. The film's producers are now scouting for a new home while Boardman works with Egoyan on a rewrite.
Firth will play Ron Lax, a private investigator who was the first pro bono supporter of the defendents as they headed to trial in 1993. Lax built one of the most prominent private investigative firms in the Southeast, and offered his services for free to the defendants, who at the time were reviled because of the heinous nature of the crime and the sensationalized reports about devil worship and ritualistic sacrifice. All of that was later proven to be unfounded, after Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley were convicted despite not a shred of physical evidence. Lax was an unsung hero and helped find the DNA in the knots that bound one of the victims, that cast suspicion on Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of Steven Branch, one of the 8-year old murdered boys. Witherspoon will play Pam Hobbs, the mother of Branch. She initially believed the trio murdered her son, is eventually persuaded that the three suspects are innocent and wrongly accused.
Filming begins next summer in Louisiana, and other big names are expected to join the cast in smaller roles.
Firth and Witherspoon previously worked together on 'The Importance of Being Earnest'.
Saturday, 04 February 2012 21:11
Tenacious D, the greatest band in the world (created by actors Kyle Gass and Jack Black), will precede their appearance at this year's Download shebang with the release of their third album.
'Rize of the Fenix', the follow-up to 2006's 'The Pick of Destiny', will be released in May.
They have also announced their first American show of the year, at Sasquatch Festival in Washington over the weekend of May 25-28. Jack White, Bon Iver and Beck also play the US event.
Saturday, 04 February 2012 21:09
Bassist Sean O'Donnell has left US pop rockers Yellowcard, he announced in a statement on the band's website:
"In April of 2010, the 5 of us met up in Los Angeles to play some music, hang out, and talk about the future of the band. I felt privileged to be invited to get to do so, and it was an amazing couple of days. Fast forward a year and a half and we've put out two full lengths, shot 6 music videos, and traveled to almost 30 countries. It's been an exhilarating time for all of us in the band and some of the most fun I've ever had in my music career. Which is why I'm sad today to let you all know that I am leaving Yellowcard.
This is not one of those ugly messy band member departures that seem to plague rock music. This is a personal decision, and it's mine. Simple as I can put it, playing in a band that is on a full time touring schedule demands a balancing act of work and family that I can no longer pull off and still remain happy. As you can imagine, this was not an easy decision to make, but usually the really important ones never are."
Saturday, 04 February 2012 20:37
UK Power Pop Rockers TEENAGE CASKET COMPANY, described as 'Cheap Trick on overdrive', are set to release their new single 'WITHOUT YOU' on Valentine's Day, February 14th 2012.
A brand new promo video for 'WITHOUT YOU' has been released to coincide with the single and was produced and directed by TAYLOR / WINTER FILMS.
The video can be viewed right here!
The song, which is a teaser track for a brand new EP scheduled for release in late Spring, shows a slightly darker side to the three piece rock outfit but still no doubt holds on to their ability for penning super slick melodies and huge choruses.
The new single comes hot on the heels of their recent US Album release, 'BEST KEPT SECRET' from JAMSYNC MUSIC, which showcased the finest songs from the bands first two releases.
'WITHOUT YOU' will be available to Download from iTUNES, AMAZON, CD BABY and all other good download music sites.
For more information visit www.teenagecasketcompany.co.uk
Friday, 03 February 2012 17:53
Hello Gatherers, a few words about the next little while...
We will be releasing our new album in April 2012 which will be preceded by a UK tour (see below) and followed by a European tour. On the eve of those UK dates, an EP will suddenly appear on both Ltd Vinyl and Download which will contain a variety of brand new and 'mix' tracks.
We are also delighted to announce that after a short absence, Mike Coles will be back in the visuals chair and that the original line up remains intact. Mike has also been working on something special for the 'Down By The River' DVD, which we'll share with you all soon via our official website http://www.killingjoke.com/
The album will come out (as did the last) on Spinefarm/Universal Records and is 100% finished and mastered... last minute arguments on track listing aside. We genuinely believe however, that this is our masterpiece and hope you will too. So, a few track names to whet your appetite;
We welcome your interpretation on what those songs might be about.
In the meantime, we're happy to say that 'Down By The River', our live album recorded at Royal Festival Hall, is now upon us. Thank you to all those gatherers that pledged and helped get this record way past 200% of our target. Those that did will have the download version of the record already, and your physical issues will be winging their way to you imminently. You can still buy the record via PledgeMusic, by clicking the button below.
Both Jaz and Youth will be coming at you with new projects via this and social channels soon...
So long, and we leave you with a reminder of those live dates.
Wed 11 Apr 2012 - Holland, Amsterdam, Melkweg
Thu 12 Apr 2012 - Holland, Tilberg, Roadburn Festival
Fri 13 Apr 2012 - France, Paris, La Cigale
Sat 14 Apr 2012 - France, Strasbourg, La Laiterie
Mon 16 Apr 2012 - France, Toulouse, Bikini
Tue 17 Apr 2012 - Spain, Barcelona, Bikini
Thu 19 Apr 2012 - France, Lyon, Transbordeur
Fri 20 Apr 2012 - Italy, Milan/Trezzo, Live Club
Sat 21 Apr 2012 - Italy, Florence, Viper
Sun 22 Apr 2012 - Italy, Rome, Orion
Tue 24 Apr 2012 - Switzerland, Zurich, Abart
Wed 25 Apr 2012 - Austria, Vienna, Szene Wien
Fri 27 Apr 2012 - Germany, Munich, Backstage
Sat 28 Apr 2012 - Germany, Dortmund, Rock in de Ruien
Sun 29 Apr 2012 - Germany, Hamburg, Fabrik
Tue 01 May 2012 - Germany, Frankfurt, Batschkapp
Wed 02 May 2012 - Germany, Berlin, Postbahnof
Thu 03 May 2012 - Belgium, Gent, Vooruit
Fri 04 May 2012 - Finland, Helsinki, Circus
Sun 04 Mar - Exeter - Lemon Grove
Mon 05 Mar - Bristol - Academy
Tue 06 Mar - Norwich - Waterfront
Thu 08 Mar - London - Roundhouse
Fri 09 Mar - Sheffield - Corporation
Sat 10 Mar - Manchester - Academy 2
Mon 12 Mar - Glasgow - ABC
Tue 13 Mar - Newcastle - Academy
Wed 14 Mar - Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall
Fri 16 Mar - Portsmouth - Pyramids
Sat 17 Mar - Oxford - Academy
Friday, 03 February 2012 16:27
Syfy's newest creature feature is amassing yet another pop-culture cauldron of familiar names.
The network's upcoming Bigfoot - which already stars the previously announced power team of Danny Bonaduce (The Partridge Family) and Barry Williams (The Brady Bunch) - is adding the following actors: Howard Hesseman (Head of the Class), Sherilyn Fenn (Twin Peaks), Andre Royo (The Wire), and rock legend Alice Cooper (School's Out). Bruce Davidson is directing.
When Bigfoot is discovered in South Dakota, two life-long rivals (Williams and Bonaduce) battle to capture the creature - one to exploit it and one to save it.
The movie will debut later this year
Friday, 03 February 2012 16:24
All Time Low frontman Alex Gaskarth's "upper respiratory cold/infection/thing" has forced the cancellation of a DJ set and signing appearance from the band while on tour in the UK.
The group has no plans to cancel any shows, and Gaskarth will be on vocal rest for the time being.
"I wanted to make the first official announcement regarding a few cancellations per my faulty voice pipes," Gaskarth said in sign language. "As some of you may know, I've been struggling with an upper respiratory cold/infection/thing for the past week, and last night in Southampton it finally took its toll. We ended up cutting a handful of songs, but managed to get through the end of the set with a lot of help from the audience."
"Regardless, I am now on major voice rest because I absolutely refuse to cancel these last shows."
"With that in mind, I won't be DJing FaceDown @ Scala tonight, and we will be cancelling our signing tomorrow at Banquet Records."
"I'm really sorry that we won't be able to make it out to the extra events, but the shows matter most, and I want to be as healthy as possible for both."
"Thanks to everyone for being understanding! Being a human sucks sometimes... I need robot pipes like Ke-Dollarsign-Ha."
His ability to joke at the end of the statement given that he is too ill to even play a record or write his own name gives us all hope for a better future on Planet Earth.